This unique competition is organised by GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION.
GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION is a non-profit organisation founded in 2012 with the purpose of
promoting the importance of English language knowledge and bringing together children from different
Hippo “English Without Borders“ Competition is an international competition which promotes English
language, challenges students around the globe to compete in English language knowledge, and
improves the co-operation between teachers. The competition encourages the development of a shared
sense of identity and integration, serves as a role model for young people living together as one
community. The main goal is to create and nourish friendly relations, international understanding and a
spirit of sporting competitiveness between young people interested in English language from all around
The organisation has three representative offices:
Global Hippo Association Serbia - Nemanjina 8, 23000 Zrenjanin
Global Hippo Association Italy – Strada Santa Maria in Valle 17, 05100 Terni
Global Hippo Association Croatia - Sidonije Rubido 7, 48260 Križevci
The 1 st English language competition organised by GLOBAL HIPPO ASSOCIATION was held in 2013, with
about 5,000 participants from 6 countries and 43 finalists.
23,500 candidates from 28 countries participated in Hippo 2018, with 90 students competing in
the final round. The competition is run by GLOBAL HIPPO staff, experienced in organising and
running language competitions.
7th International English language competition will be held in 2019 and is open to students and
schools worldwide. As always, we are bringing you new categories and we are inviting you to
become part of our GLOBAL HIPPO family!
Aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), our English language
range covers English for specific purposes, general English and teaching English.
Internationally recognized and Ofqual regulated English language qualifications are used throughout the
competition. The qualifications are intended for candidates who are not native speakers of English and
who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification in English that is available
and recognised worldwide.
LITTLE HIPPO – Below Scale
HIPPO 1 – Pre-A1
HIPPO 2 – CEFR A1
HIPPO 3 – CEFR A2
HIPPO 4 – CEFR B1
HIPPO 5 – CEFR B2
HIPPO S1 – CEFR B2
HIPPO S2 – CEFR C1
Please refer to competition regulations for detailed information.